It’s already hard to keepe up with the streaming services many people subscribe to. Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime are the big three, with HBO Max, Showtime, Starz and more also providing new monthly content. October catalogs have added several great horror movies for Halloween on every service. There are also some great movies you can find outside those services, and they won’t cost you anything.
Tubi, Vudu, Crackle, Peacock and YouTube offer feature-length films at no cost. You just have to watch some ads every few minutes, but they are showing some uncut horror movies in the month of October. Here are some of the best choices, and where to find them.
‘The Blob’ spreads its Halloween horror on Crackle
Steve McQueen got his big break in the horror classic The Blob. You can see the original 1958 tale of an expanding mass overtaking a small town on Crackle.
High school is scary enough without the horror of ‘The Faculty’ on Vudu
An all start then-teen cast starred in the 1998 horror classic The Faculty. Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood, Clea DuVall, Jordana Brewster, Laura Harris and Shawn Hatosy play the students who notice something is wrong with their teachers (Jon Stewart, Robert Patrick, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, Piper Laurie, Christopher McDonald, Bebe Neuwirth.)
Give ‘The Exorcist III’ a chance on Crackle this Halloween
Exorcist sequels get a bum wrap because it’s hard to live up to the original horror classic. This Halloween, the third film might deserve your attention. Author William Peter Blatty directed the adaptation of his own book which continues the story of Det. Kinderman (George C. Scott) and Father Karras (Jason Miller). Plus it’s free, so what do you have to lose
See Halloween horror through ‘The Eye’ on Tubi
The ’00s were when Hollywood discovered Japanese horror and remade The Ring and The Grudge in English. The Eye was another remake starring Jessica Alba as a blind woman whose eye transplant shows her scary stuff.
Mind-bending horror in ‘Frailty’ on YouTube
Bill Paxton made his feature film directing debut and starred in this demonic horror tale. A father (Paxton) sees a vision asking him to kill demons. But are his victims really demons? The twists in this tale are real mind-benders, but it all makes sense in the end.
Got to Hell this Halloween in ‘Hellraiser’ on Tubi
Clive Barker introduced a sadomasochistic take on Hell in his story The Hellbound Heart and its movie adaptation Hellraiser. He also introduced horror icon Pinhead (Doug Bradley) who would lead the cenobites to torture victims who solved the puzzle box in every sequel.
Spend Halloween with these classic Hitchcock horrors on Peacock
With its acces to the Universal archives, Peacock has two Alfred Hitchcock horror classics for Halloween. The Birds was Hitchcock’s horrifying tale of an avian attack on a small town. Psycho introduced the world to Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) and his mother.
‘The Host’ is a Korean Halloween monster on Vudu
Oscar-winning Parasite director Bong Joon Ho made this monster movie about a sea creature wreaking havoc on Seoul. Add this monster to your Halloween collection for free on Vudu.
The horror of ‘It Follows’ follows you to Peacock
It Follows became a modern horror classic with its relentless pursuit of teenagers. They’ve passed it along to Peacock, which gives you a little more time before it follows you all the way in the end.
The arresting horror of ‘Maniac Cop 2’ is free on Vudu
Maniac Cop was compelling enough to make two sequels, and for a while there was talk of a remake. Maniac Cop 2 may actually be the best of the trilogy with its insane, fiery climax. It’s a perfect introduction to the monster with a badge, for free on Vudu.
The original zombie horror ‘Night of the Living Dead’ is free on Vudu
George Romero’s original zombie classic fell into public domain due to a copyright error. You can see the one that started it all for free on Vudu. You can make Halloween your night of the living dead, but no need to wait for it.
‘Phantasm’ philms are phree on Crackle and Vudu
Phantasm introduced the Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) and his flying metal spheres. A remastered edition of the original is free on both Crackle and Vudu, as are Phantasm III and IV. Crackle also has Phantasm: Ravager, although you’ll have to pay for Phantasm II.
‘Prom Night’ comes early this Halloween on Crackle and Vudu
When Jamie Lee Curtis was the original sream queen, she went from Halloween to Prom Night. She did not star in the sequels, but Prom Night II and IV are also free on Crackle and Vudu. That’s three proms you can attend without waiting until the end of the school year!
Christopher Walken is the angel of horror in ‘The Prophecy’ on Crackle and Vudu
Christopher Walken is already scary as a movie villain. He played the angel Gabriel in this modern day biblical horror film. The powers of this fallen angel will make believers out of wayward Christians, but will it be too late to save them?
‘Resident Evil’ sequels are free on Crackle
Resident Evil turned a video game into a thriving zombie movie franchise. Crackle has four of the five sequels for a free Halloween zombie-thon. Apocalypse, Extinction, Afterlife and The Final Chapter skip the original and Retribution, but there’s plenty of Milla Jovovich vs. the Umbrella Corps in those four.
Deliver the horror of ‘Rosemary’s Baby’ on Tubi
Rosemary’s Baby is a classic about the title mother (Mia Farrow) impregnated with the Devil’s baby. At least watching Rosemary’s Baby this month won’t cost you anything but your wits.
The original slasher horror ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ is free on Tubi
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre paved the way for Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Chucky. Have a nice family dinner with Leatherface. It’s free on Tubi.
A ticket for the ‘Train to Busan’ is free on Tubi
The Korean zombie movie Train to Busan just had a sequel, Peninsula, in theaters. The landmark original film, about survivors barricading themselves from zombies on a train, is now free to watch on Tubi.
Universal’s original ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’ are free on Peacock
Universal’s monster movies were a lucrative franchise in the first half of the 20th century. It all started with Bela Lugosi’s Dracula and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster. Peacock has the original horror duo for free.
Home invasion horror ‘You’re Next’ is free on Peacock
You’re Next is one of the best modern horror movies of the last 10 years. A gang of masked killers attack a family’s remote home, and their son’s girlfriend (Sharni Vinson) turns the tables on all the attackers. Watch it free on Peacock.
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